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Intel to shave big dollars off LGA1366 Core i7 950

By: Steve Dougherty | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 8:46 CDT

Intel is looking to go more aggressive with pricing on its LGA1366 Core i7 family which is said to go into effect on August 29 this year.

The biggest drop will be seen with the Core i7 950, a 3.06GHz quad-core chip which will cost you well over $500 U.S. at the moment. Intel is shaving a huge amount off this one, setting the mark at $294 and displacing the Core i7 930 2.8GHz variant.

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This graph from the folks over at HKEPC also shows a new SKU in the Core i3 500 series, the Core i3 560. This is a dual core 3.33GHz variant and will be priced at $138.

ViewSonic introduces energy efficient VG28 LCD series

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 8:37 CDT

ViewSonic has just released a new famil of energy efficient widescreen monitors it calls the VG28. These monitors have both Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications, featuring an ECO mode that can give up to 30% in power savings.

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There are four models in the line-up; a 20inch, 22-inch, 24-inch and 27-inch. All of them have a 5ms response time, give a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and have DVI inputs (with the 27-inch model also having HDMI) as well as USB ports. 2W speakers are integrated into all of the models in the line-up, too.

As for native resolutions on these panels, the 20-inch is 1600x900 whilst the rest of them sport 1920x1080 Full HD. MSRP pricing on the 20, 22, 24 and 27 monitors come in at $249, $299, $369 and $579.

Sony VAIO Z notebooks get higher res displays in the U.S.

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 3:10 CDT

Considering ownership of a top-end Sony VAIO laptop? - This might make it a bit more enticing for you. Sony has refreshed its VAIO Z series with the inclusion of a Core i7 processor and upgraded display running a native resolution of 1920x1080.

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The best bit is that the display upgrade is free until July 3rd. So this may be just what you needed to seal the deal on your new laptop purchase. You can customize and finalise your purchase directly from the Sony Style webite.

Battle of the cylinders - Microsoft's Kinect vs. a log

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 2:21 CDT

When first out the gate at E3's press conference this time last week, Microsoft's Kinect got lots of 'oohs and whoaas' from the crowd. But since then, the finer details that really matter have gotten out to the disapproval of many folks who were hoping for a more polished, less limited piece of motion capturing equipment. What first looked to be an incredible piece of technology that would change the way we play games forever, now is starting to look like a good concept, but with too many limitations.

Sure, Kinect is still getting a ton of attention all over the web; the issue is, the majority of it is negative with stuff like this.

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Let's hope the finer details yet to escape from Sony's clutches will make Move a more attractive looking option.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 6.0.437.3 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Jun 21, 2010 @ 2:16 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 6.0.437.3 Beta.

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

One box for everything

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Incognito mode

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

Safe browsing

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

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Weekend Roundup for June 20, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Jun 20, 2010 @ 13:21 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - 20/06/2010

Motherboard

- H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup @ Overclockers Club

- MSI 890FXA-GD70 @ Overclock3D

- ECS A890GXM-A motherboard @ Neoseeker

- ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard @ Vortez UK

Video/Monitor

- 23" ASUS VH232H Widescreen LCD Monitor @ iGadgetlife

- Sportsman 440/465 Video Eyewear @ Techwarelabs

- XFX Radeon HD 5830 Video Card @ Legit Reviews

- The Rate of ATI Gallium3D Changes Is Impressive @ Phoronix

- HIS HD5550 Silence 1GB DDR3 @ Kitguru

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Nintendo 3DS game carts pictured as well as possibility of e-reader capability for the device

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 18, 2010 @ 17:26 CDT

Nintendo's handheld 3DS system has gotten a lot of attention at E3 this week, and they had an actual game cartridge on hand to give the crowd a look at what the carts will look like. Slimmer than Nintendo DS carts, they also have a tab on one corner to set them apart from previous cartridges.

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This was not the only news about the device though. It's ben reported that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke with Nikkei and gave the possibility that the wireless connection of the 3DS could possibly lead to e-reader functionality, including downloading e-books, newspaper articles, and magazine. The 3DS also has the ability to connect to any WiFi network which would help make e-reader functions more available.

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All Nokia smartphones to support NFC starting in 2011

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 18, 2010 @ 16:37 CDT

Nokia's VP for markets Anssi Vanjoki was onhand making a keynote presentation in Helsinki on Thursday and announced that every Nokia smartphone built from 2011 forward would be equipped with Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology.

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This technology, which enables Nokia phone users to make payments by waving their phone in front of a compatible device, will also support all business models of the technology and not just the Single Wire Protocol which previous phones have supported. This will also allow third party app developers to create SDKs to communicate with a microSD card instead of just the SIM card, and one is reported to be currently under development.

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White EVO 4G available for pre-order exclusively at Best Buy stores

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 18, 2010 @ 15:49 CDT
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Best Buy has released banners today that state they are ready for preorders of the EVO 4G in white. Listed at the same price of $199.99 with a 2 year contract, those that have held off now will have a choice of colors it seems in which to get the newest flagship Android phone. The phone is slated to begin shipping on July 11th, and Best Buy is currently the only known location that the white version will be offered. Sprint stores may be receiving this version on August 8th wil other retailers receiving it sometime in September, so if you want to get in early on this snazzy little device, you'd better act fast and head out. With as fast as the iPhone 4 sold out their preorders, there may be no time to lose.